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From: Ismail Zayid <izayid@eastlink.ca>
Subject: Fw: Gaza
To: Fadil Elsheik <fadil@canada.com>
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----- Original Message -----

From: Ismail Zayid

To: Martin, Keith - Assistant 1

Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 4:21 PM

Subject: Re: Gaza


Dear Dr. Martin.


Thank you for your message and your sustained humanitarian concern for the well-being of the besieged 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza, who are subjected to a brutal siege and denial of all basic needs of living, by the Israeli government.


However, I nust note that I totally disagree with the statement in the report on June 26, 2007, calling on the international community to stop any funding for Hamas, and describing that as "funding terrorism". Let me remind you that Hamas is the democratically- elected government by the Palestinian people, which is providing with all its means all the possible care, within its means, for the people in Gaza. The conflict with Fatah is ordained by Israel and the US to create dissension amongst the Palestinian people, so as to maintain the illegal occupation. The PA government, in Ramallah, is accordingly sustained for this very purpose.


The fundamental problem and the issue that must be tackled by all who care for human rights and the principles of justice and international law is the need to terminate completely the illegal Israeli occupation of all the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which has been allowed to stand for over 40 years, in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions. The brutal practices used by this oppressive occupation include extra-judicial assassination, detention of thousands without charge or trial, torture, daily humiliation, denial of health care, the demolition of thousands of homes and the expropriation of Palestinian land for the creation of illegal colonies [settlements]. These practices are in violation of virtually every article of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and are identified by international law as war crimes. and have been condemned by all international human rights organisations, including Amnesty Intrnational, Human Rights Watch and Israeli human rights organisations, including B'Tselem.


Finally, we applaud your stand in the concern tou express for the humanitarian crisis to which the people in Gaza are subjected to. We, also, call on you to call on our government to stand by the UN Charter and call for an immediate end to the illegal Israeli occupation.


Kind regards.


Yours sincerely,


Ismail Zayid.



----- Original Message -----

From: "Martin, Keith - Assistant 1" <MartiK0@parl.gc.ca>

To: "Ismail Zayid" <izayid@eastlink.ca>

Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 12:54 PM

Subject: Gaza


Dear Dr. Zayid,

Thank you for your kind words.  Attached is a small sample of the articles I have been submitting to media to draw attention to the crisis in

Best Regards,


Office of Dr. Keith Martin, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Official Opposition Critic for International Development
Member of Parliament for Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca
Rm. 300, Justice Building
Phone 996-8092, Fax 996-9779

From: Ismail Zayid [mailto:izayid@eastlink.ca]
Sent: March 23, 2008 2:59 PM
To: Martin, Keith - M.P.
Subject: =1= Thank you.

Canada Palestine Association,
POBox. 1085,
Halifax, NS. B3J 2X1
March 23, 2008
The Hon. Mr. Keith Martin, MP.
The House of Commons.
Dear Mr. Martin:
Thank you for principled statement, addressed to the Canadian Islamic Congress, on the humanitarian crisis in
Gaza. Your statement displays a great expression of humanity and integrity, related to the suffering of the people in Gaza subjected to an oppressive brutal occupation defying all principles of humanity and international law.
Sadly, our government continues to ignore the suffering of the Palestinian people and displays complete failure to uphold the principles and values that
Canada claims to uphold. It is our hope that principled people, like your self, will not remain silent in this regard.
Yours sincerely,
Ismail Zayid, MD.
Canada Palestine Association.